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San Francisco - Carnaval Parade

You don't have to go all the way to Brazil for Carnaval!!

The parade is always on the 4th Sunday of May (or during Memorial Weekend). It begins at Bryant & 24th at 10am and proceeds down Mission Street to 15th Street. Festivities continue on Harrison between 16th and 22nd Streets until 6PM.
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Caranaval, San Francisco style!

San Francisco’s Carnaval started in the Mission District's Precita Park more than 30 years ago. Its founding members missed the traditional Carnaval celebrations of their native countries and wanted to implement something like them in San Francisco.

The party weekend is completed with a colourful Parade on the last Sunday of May and includes floats, dancers, live music and wonderful costumes. Men women and children from all walks of life and cultures participate as well.


Not really encouraged as this is a family event. Bare breasts or close to bare breasts make an appearance from time to time. Lots of decorative pasties are visible.


Public areas really can't impose restrictions of recording equipment, but please be mindful of the spectators in the crowds and especially the families with children.



San Francisco Carnaval 2004  Posted June 2004 30 images (LARGE) Carnival
AndyO  - San Francisco Carnaval 2004
Like the Mermaid Parade in New York, but better costumes..
San Francisco Carnaval 2003  Posted June 2003 15 images (Medium) Carnival
Joyman  - San Francisco Carnaval 2003
Spectacular costumes & beautiful participants!